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Getting Ready for the Single Window Initiative – An Introduction
The Single Window Initiative is a CBSA initiative which seeks to modernize and align Canadian and U.S. import processing. Is your business ready?

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How your company can take advantage of CETA
CETA is the free trade agreement that was recently ratified between Canada and the EU. With the exception of a few agricultural goods, CETA will essentially eliminate the customs duties on all imports from a European Union (EU) country or other CETA beneficiary, either immediately upon implementation of the agreement, or through a tariff phase-out.

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What happens if the U.S. withdraws from NAFTA?
NAFTA renegotiations began in August of 2017, and recently Trade ministers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada agreed in October to extend talks into the first quarter of 2018. The talks had been scheduled to conclude this year, but the three sides remain far apart on key issues.

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5 Key Things You Need To Know About NAFTA Certificates for Canada
NAFTA is a formal trilateral agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In order to import a good into a NAFTA country and receive preferential treatment, you will need a NAFTA Certificate of Origin. However, this legal document can be difficult to fill out properly.

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How would you fare in a Customs Audit?
Suppose you were to get a notice from Customs that you are to be audited. Would you be ready? Many importers leave compliance to their broker, but this can be a recipe for penalties if they’re faced with an audit.

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Highlights of the 2017 Report of the of the Auditor General of Canada – Customs Duties
In the 2015-16 fiscal year, customs duties accounted for about $5.4 billion (1.8 percent) of all federal revenue. The Auditor General of Canada recently finished their independent audit of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and their related services for the period between January 2013 and May 2016.

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Presidential Investigation of Aluminum and Steel Imports Launch under Section 232
A 232 investigation refers to section 232 of the 1962 Trade Act. It allows the executive branch to place a column 1 rate of duty on imports, or apply other trade remedies on imported products to protect national security interests.

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(Infographic) E-commerce Product Return Statistics
Does your e-commerce logistics solution provide a convenient return policy? As more and more shoppers choose to spend online, your return policy can play a major role in whether your business will reap the benefits of that growth.

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An Intro to Canada / U.S. Trusted Trade Programs
There are various voluntary border security programs that provide immense benefits to your company, such as expedited processing and supply chain efficiency. Here is how these programs may enhance your importation process.

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U.S. Administration Triggers Countdown to Mid-August NAFTA Renegotiation
The U.S. Presidential Administration and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have delivered letters that triggered the 90-day countdown to NAFTA renegotiations.

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